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Middle East Focus is a weekly podcast featuring talk and analysis on U.S. foreign policy, contemporary political and social issues in the Middle East, and the arts and culture of region. It is produced by the Middle East Institute, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C. For more information visit

Feb 13, 2020

This week’s episode features an interview and Q&A with Lukman Ahmad, a Syrian-Kurdish musician and artist. Last week, Lukman performed Kurdish instrumental music on the saz during an open house at the MEI Art Gallery, and we are pleased to be able to share a recording of a couple of the songs that he performed.

The Gallery's current exhibition, "Speaking Across Mountains," featuring contemporary Kurdish artists from Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, has been extended through February 25. The MEI Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 10am to 5pm on weekdays.